I’ve mentioned political columnist Andrew Sullivan a time or two before in this forum. He is no red-state sympathizer, and he undoubtedly would struggle with many of the hardened deplorable views I espouse frequently in this forum.
Even so, as a student and devotee of famed conservative philosopher Michael Oakshott, he frequently marshals – quite eloquently and brilliantly, in most cases – a stirring defense of those timeless things that have sustained our civilization for more than two millennia.
This most recent contribution, in which he discusses his ambivalence regarding the direction of his contemporary Catholic faith is especially appropriate for the Easter weekend – at least, I think so.
Reading this, for some reason, I couldn’t help but be reminded of philosopher Martin Heidegger’s characterization of human existence as a clearing of sorts. It relates somewhat closely to my own views about how we have used technology, language, writing and math to sculpt out across eons an understanding of our place within existence.
One integral expression of this, the Christian faith, notably in its Catholic form, has taken a rather severe thrashing in the last couple of decades. And, as Sullivan stresses, the pandemic has only exacerbated this challenge.
As he contends, we may come to regret the toll that these endless challenges have taken on the practice of the Christian faith within the last generation, especially in terms of what may have been irretrievably lost.
Anyway, I found this to be one of Sullivan’s more exceptional recent pieces.
A Happy Easter to all of you.